Irish Open 2023 highlights: Mystery Bounties, April 9 and April 10

The Mystery Bounty Championship event made its Irish Open debut last year and was an instant hit with players, attracting more than 180 entries.  

Mystery Bounty tournaments have become enormously popular over the last few years with almost all the major tours opting to include at least one edition on their festival schedules. Mystery Bounties have been around for a while but it’s the $1,600 Mystery Bounty Event at the Wynn Poker Room in Las Vegas – which featured a top bounty of $100k – that is credited with kick-starting the recent MB boom.

This year the Irish Open is hosting two Mystery Bounty tournaments. Both are 8-max events, with €1,100 buy-in and unlimited re-entry. Event 32 starts at 4pm on April 9 and Event 36 kicks off at 2pm on April 10. Each features a 30-minute clock on Day 1 and 40-minute clock on Day 2. All players get a 30,000 starting stack. You can register right now using Luxon Pay.

As ace reporter Dana Immanuel explained at last year’s Irish Open, a Mystery Bounty tournament is a poker-lottery hybrid of sorts. Half the buy-in goes into the regular tournament prize pool while the other half is assigned as bounties to each player that makes the money. Not all bounties are the same, and the players themselves are not told how much their own bounty is worth. Bounties range from fairly piddling to quite hefty indeed, but you won’t know what you’ve won until you bust and cash out any scalps you’ve collected. Bounties also mean that, in theory, you could earn more from these than from your prize money.

At last year’s debut event, Irish player Johnathen McCullagh seized top honours title-wise: a first prize of €23,950 and the first ever Irish Open Mystery Bounty trophy. The top bounty prize awarded was €25k. There were a total of 181 entries in the event, generating a €101,475 prize pool.

The Mystery Bounty tournaments are two of 11 Championship tournaments taking place at this year’s Irish Open – alongside events such as the Heads-Up Championship, Hendon Mob Championship, Ladies Event, Liam Flood Memorial, America’s Cup and JP Poker Masters.

How to register for the 2023 Mystery Bounty tournaments on Luxon Pay

1. Sign up to Luxon Pay at and verify your account.
2. Fund your Luxon Pay account using your preferred deposit method.
3. Select ‘Shop’ from your Luxon Pay wallet, and then select ‘Irish Poker Open’ you will then see a list of all Irish Poker Open tournaments. Click on your desired tournament & buy-in.
4. Your buy-in is complete, simply visit the Irish Poker Open registration desk to receive your entry upon arrival.

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